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M1917 Enfield
08-15-2018, 12:14 PM
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2018/08/08/about-1400-ww2-guns-found-buried-near-a-japanese-elementary-school/


About 1,400 Buried WW2 Firearms Found at a Japanese Elementary School


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Japanese newspaper called The Mainichi reports that a large cache of buried WW2 firearms and edged weapons was found during construction works near a Tokyo elementary school. Estimated 1,400 firearms (or rather what is left of these guns), 1,200 bayonets (maybe also swords) as well as a number of grenades and ammunition were dug out from the site. Let’s read the report of The Mainichi newspaper and take a look at the photos taken on the site.

TOKYO (Kyodo) — About 1,400 firearms and 1,200 swords believed to be from the period of World War II were discovered buried at an elementary school in western Tokyo, city officials said Monday.

Grenades, bullets and cannonballs were also found one to two meters underneath the grounds of the Tanashi Elementary School in the city of Nishitokyo.

The discovery of the cache of weapons came during excavation work that began in July linked to the construction of a building, the officials said.

Cooperating with police and the Self-Defense Forces, the city on the outskirts of the capital removed the weapons from the school grounds, they said, adding they were possibly discarded after the end of the war in 1945.

In Japan, unexploded bombs and weapons are still sometimes found, even in residential areas. But it is rare for weapons used by the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Army to be recovered in such a large quantity at one time.

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As you can see, these are all Japanese Imperial Army firearms. Unfortunately, there is no information concerning the origin of these guns, to what unit these firearms belonged to and the exact story of burying these weapons. We’ll keep our readers informed if the story of this cache becomes known.

shortandlong
08-15-2018, 12:24 PM
cool

Justice
08-15-2018, 12:26 PM
Probably stuff like that buried all over Japan. Those Type 92's would be worth a fortune.

Turtlehead
08-15-2018, 12:54 PM
crime guns!

Dewey Cox
08-15-2018, 04:16 PM
Domestically sourced crime guns

Hidyn
08-15-2018, 04:56 PM
I wonder what they meant by cannon balls. They can't seriously be cannon balls? I could see functional ceremonial pieces for a regiment, but not enough to be looped in with the rest of the gear as a legitimate fighting tool.

Forbes/Hutton
08-15-2018, 05:28 PM
Probably right around the time McArthur started a registry and confiscation....

kennymo
08-15-2018, 06:03 PM
I wonder what they meant by cannon balls. They can't seriously be cannon balls? I could see functional ceremonial pieces for a regiment, but not enough to be looped in with the rest of the gear as a legitimate fighting tool.

I think I spy some Japanese knee mortars in the pile. That's sort of cannon-like.

I wonder if IMA will pick these up as 'finish your own Arisaka' rifles? 'Some parts may be missing. Wood may need repair.'

GTW
08-15-2018, 07:02 PM
Gently used, minor cosmetic blemishes

JustBen
08-15-2018, 08:11 PM
A few decades from now, someone will find a stash like that when doing renovations on a certain house in Canmore ;)

shortandlong
08-15-2018, 08:28 PM
A few decades from now, someone will find a stash like that when doing renovations on a certain house in Canmore ;)

naw it will be on the sight of new mosque

Justice
08-21-2018, 10:50 AM
Isn't that long ago the operational Panther Tank and 88mm AA gun, in perfect condition was found in a garage in Kiel, Germany. I never find anything. sniff.

RangeBob
08-21-2018, 11:12 AM
I never find anything. sniff.

Let's not forget the (Iraqi) Russian T54 tank found with 5 gold bars (60 pounds weight, 2 million pounds sterling value) of gold bullion hidden in the fuel tank, found by a tank restorer who bought the tank online for $30,000.



sniff.
movie "The Young Offenders (2016)"
Two teenage boys cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007 of 440 million euro.

mister donut
08-21-2018, 12:11 PM
Hopefully some decent swords emerge from that find, but by the looks of those pictures, it doesn't appear that anything traditional is among those found.

kennymo
08-21-2018, 09:03 PM
Hopefully some decent swords emerge from that find, but by the looks of those pictures, it doesn't appear that anything traditional is among those found.

All I see blade wise are a couple heaps of various Arisaka bayonets.

Greglc
08-22-2018, 07:34 AM
Guess japan didn't have China's cosmoline

infidel29
08-22-2018, 07:58 AM
And being that it's Japan those will likely all be destroyed.

M1917 Enfield
09-20-2018, 03:59 PM
Isn't that long ago the operational Panther Tank and 88mm AA gun, in perfect condition was found in a garage in Kiel, Germany. I never find anything. sniff.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dpXtI8sqoc